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feel

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verb \ˈfēl\

Definition of feel

felt

play \ˈfelt\;

feeling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality <She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.>b :  to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) <He felt a sudden pain in his leg.>

  3. 2a :  to undergo passive experience of <continually felt the resentment of his competitors>b :  to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by <felt the insult deeply>

  4. 3 :  to ascertain by cautious trial —usually used with out <feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements>

  5. 4a :  to be aware of by instinct or inference <feel trouble brewing>b :  believe, think <say what you really feel>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1a :  to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation <lost the ability to feel in his fingertips>b :  to search for something by using the sense of touch <She felt in her purse for her keys.>

  8. 2a :  to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition <I feel sick.>b :  to have a marked sentiment or opinion <feels strongly about it>

  9. 3 :  seem <it feels like spring today>

  10. 4 :  to have sympathy or pity <I feel for you>

feel like

  1. :  to have an inclination for <feel like a walk?>

Examples of feel in a sentence

  1. He felt a sudden pain in his leg.

  2. I could feel the warmth of the sun.

  3. I felt someone tap my shoulder.

  4. Do you feel a draft?

  5. She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.

  6. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones.

Origin and Etymology of feel

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress


First Known Use: before 12th century


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feel

noun

Definition of feel

  1. 1 :  sensation, feeling

  2. 2 :  the sense of touch

  3. 3a :  the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touchb :  typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere; also :  an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere

  4. 4 :  intuitive knowledge or ability

Examples of feel in a sentence

  1. the feel of old leather

  2. Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique.

  3. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.

Origin and Etymology of feel

see 1feel


First Known Use: 13th century



FEEL Defined for English Language Learners

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feel

play
verb \ˈfēl\

Definition of feel for English Language Learners

  • : to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)

  • : to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like

  • : to find (something) by touching with your fingers


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feel

noun

Definition of feel for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it

  • : a particular quality

  • : an understanding of something


FEEL Defined for Kids

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feel

play
verb \ˈfēl\

Definition of feel for Students

felt

\ˈfelt\

feeling

  1. 1 :  to be aware of through physical contact <feel cold>

  2. 2 :  to examine or search for by touching <The doctor felt for broken bones.>

  3. 3 :  to be conscious of <He felt a fear of the dark.>

  4. 4 :  to seem especially to the touch <This cloth feels like silk.>

  5. 5 :  to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state <felt sick> <felt confused and angry>

  6. 6 :  to have sympathy <I feel for you.>

  7. 7 :  believe 4, think <Say what you feel.>

feel like

  1. :  to have an urge or desire to <Do you feel like taking a walk?>


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feel

play
noun

Definition of feel for Students

  1. 1 :  sensation 2, feeling <He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.>

  2. 2 :  the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch <The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.>


Medical Dictionary

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feel

play
verb \ˈfē(ə)l\

Medical Definition of feel

felt

\ˈfelt\play ;

feeling

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality <felt the compress to see if it was wet>

  4. 2:  to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation

  8. 2:  to search for something by using the sense of touch


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feel

noun

Medical Definition of feel

  1. 1:  the sense of touch

  2. 2:  sensation, feeling



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